Blue Karma was the last hotel we stayed at during our time in Bali, and yes this hotel is outstanding...an idyllic oasis off a busy street and It deserves 5 stars, but I have one major issue to warn all future could-be guests about!
I'll start with the rooms, they're spectacular, very large with a contemporary, Eco friendly green feel, the one design issue with them is the roof. So...my issue, they're all thatched roof villas, sound gorgeous right?....they are, - but there is no real thick material to sound proof outside noise. Other reviewers have previously mentioned the cockerels, but it isn't just them, all night you hear traffic, dogs barking, music from a near by temple, street prayers. It just knocks that 5* edge off it, and does let it down, when you're expecting an upmarket luxurious resort in Bali I don't think noise, but this is my one and only quibble with Blue Karma.
It really is an oasis, and perfect hideaway from the nearby hustle, the staff are lovely, and very friendly, but far too many of them? Perhaps I'm used to the right budgets with payroll in the UK. but at times there were 5 of them with nothing to do, plaiting each others hair and taking photos of each other? - this sort of thing doesn't tend to bother me too much, but ultimately it does look unprofessional.
Pool was very warm, and definitely worth a daily afternoon dip!
Breakfast was a perfect amount, and you order what you want, and can also help yourself to bits too, which is a nice combination as other Balinese hotels tend to over feed you! A small tip to Blue Karma would be to present guests with a small menu. I do feel a menu should be available at breakfast to see what you can order, not having one lacks a sleekness upon ordering with the waitress as you don't have a clue what is available?
The hotel is well situated for walks to the beach or to shops, - I believe Blue Karma offer a shuttle bus to the main Bintang supermarket, but god knows why anyone would want a lift there is 100m walk around the corner!
We walked to Kuta one day, along the beach. long walk, perhaps 1 hour, but there isn't much else to do in the area, just a tip for travelers - just avoid, you may as well be in Magaluf, and the people do not leave you alone.
This hotel does advertise it's self as Seminyak, but central Seminyak where all the restaurants etc are is around 30 mins walk away, so there aren't too many places to eat around Blue Karma, but you can eat at the hotel. This was pricey for Bali standards, but can't comment on the food as we didn't try it out!
Blue Karma offer complimentary free upon arrival which I took, which was fantastic, but didn't extend the massage as it was extortionate for Bali standards.
I would recommend this hotel to everyone, as it is top notch, but I feel the noise lets it down, and this is why I probably wouldn't stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Blue Karma is a lifestyle resort in the heart of Bali activities and happenings – Seminyak. The resort is within walking distance to the shops, restaurants and to the beach. Artistic creativity, comfort, ethnic design and flourishing garden have come together to make a vacation paradise in Blue Karma.You will get unique hotel experience and personalized concierge service. Blue Karma welcomes to pamper yourself in Slimming center and Spa, in Restaurant and Lounge Bar enjoy tasteful delights with designer menu options in raw food, listen to mellifluent sounds at live music events and experience special holistic programs as well as creative workshops and authentic trips to discover Bali.This is the lifestyle you deserve, and we are happy to share our passion and curiosity to life with you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blue Karma Hotel Bali/Seminyak